How to verify a 2nd Generation vs. 3rd AppleTV before buying?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Blazer5913, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Blazer5913 macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    Hello all, I am in the works of purchasing an AppleTV second generation (so he claims) off Craigslist and before I purchase it, I want to be able to confirm 100% that its a second and not third generation. The seller doesn't have the box anymore, only power cord and ATV unit. From the looks I believe the 2 and 3 are identical, but what features/serial numbers/anything should I look for when I'm checking it out later today. I'm visiting him in an hour so quick answer(s) would be most appreciated. Thank you!
  2. melbri macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2008
    Check the bottom, in the fine print.

    ATV2:- Order Number = MC572LL/A Model Number = A1378
    ATV3:- Order Number = MD199LL/A Model Number = A1427
  3. Blazer5913 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    Resolved, thank you very much. Was able to grab a 2nd generation for $60. Very pumped about it, but now don't know whether to sell it and double my money and get an ATV3 out of it (and just Airplay PLEX to it rather than JB and install it)

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